David Browne
December 21, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Peek-A-Boo: The Best of NRBQ

Current Status
In Season
Rock, Reissues

We gave it a B

Lauded as America’s hardest-working bar band, perennial underdogs NRBQ have been turning out a feel-good melange of American rock for over 20 years, as documented on this career-spanning anthology. Although the group is renowned for its musical dexterity and impish sense of humor, Peek-A-Boo downplays its quirky side (except for a rendition of ”Whistle While You Work”) and emphasizes NRBQ’s tendency toward the sweet-faced and cornball. No one does it better, either, on rollicking tunes like ”I Want You Bad” and ”Me and the Boys” or the many adorable songs about driving, eating, Howard Johnson’s, pro wrestling, and good old-fashioned unrequited love. The result is a good-time party album that, at 35 tracks (30 on cassette), may be too much of a good thing for all but total converts. B

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